At this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, I decided I would ask some of the attendees about First Lady Michelle Obama. More specifically, about the school lunch standards that she has led the charge in mandating for throughout the country. It was no surprise that the attendees I talked to love the First Lady and that most were equally enthusiastic about the school lunch program that she has spearheaded.
But, when I asked them if they would support applying the same standards to Americans who are on government assistance programs like food stamps, they were far less enthusiastic."I don't think that's the government's job," one women objected. "I don't know if I would apply it to everyone," another said. "No, I don't think that would be good," a third supporter of the school lunch program told MRCTV.
But, if the health of our children is important enough that they are going to be limited to eating certain types of foods at school, shouldn't the same standard apply to all Americans who are eating on taxpayer money?
Healthy living doesn't end after high school. And when people make poor eating decisions and suffer from obesity and heart disease, our tax dollars pay for the healthcare costs of many of those individual’s as well. Applying a different standard seems a bit inconsistent with the First Lady’s dietary crusade.